VivoBarefoot Children’s Shoes Review & Competition

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When Ameli was just starting to walk, I took her out onto the grass one day and she hated it. She screamed, wanted up and cried. I was mortified at the thought that my London-born, concrete jungle baby might not like the outdoors. I was assured by friends that this was not abnormal, and that she just needed to get used it.  Fortunately, they were somewhat accurate, but I did decide  there and then that Ameli would need to go barefoot more often. I’m not exactly a farm child, myself, but I love being barefoot, and I love being in slops/flipflops/thongs – whatever you call them where you’re from. Unfortunately, living in the wettest country in the world, with more overcast, cloudy or cold days than sunny ones, barefoot or summery shoes aren’t always practical, especially for a child, so I was really excited to discover these VivoBarefoot shoes when I was invited to the Canoe Inc. Press Event. So what is VivoBarefoot? It’s a range of footwear designed in conjunction with podiatrists to mimic walking barefoot. Now, I’d be lying if I said  I understood this, and as with everything else, ‘like’ nature isn’t as good as nature itself, but it’s a huge step forward from regular shoes – which, of course, we still use too, but  it’s good have these as a viable option. These shoes come with no heel, no midsole, no arch support, and no gimmicks. They make the 200,000 nerve endings, 33 muscles, 28 bones and 19 ligaments in the foot do the work they were meant to do.  There’s a whole lot of science behind it, which you can read more about. Now, I’ve not tried these myself, but from a mother’s perspective, here’s what I think: The Vivobarefoot shoes for children are great. They are easy to put on and  keep on with a Velcro strap, and they look really pretty. We chose the pink Pally set, and they just look comfortable. Which they seem to be. While Ameli loves wearing shoes, she does tend to take them off after not too long, but from the first time we used these, Ameli wore them the whole day without taking them off once.  Also, they seem to have a pretty fair  grip, as she is a rather clumsy little girl and trips over herself quite easily. In these  she doesn’t fall over quite as much – whether that’s too do with the sole, or the way she’s walking I’m not sure, but they are useful. VivoBarefoot do say that the soles are puncture resistant and provide all the health benefits of walking barefoot. While not the cheapest shoes on the market – and do you want to put developing feet into the cheapest on the market? – the VivoBarefoot shoes we’ve trialled are well made, waterproof, and good quality. As compared to other shoes  we’ve had, they’ve not developed cracks or had glue come loose, so that’s a definite winner, making them value for money, in my book.

Personally, considering that Ameli’s feet are going to have to carry her around for the rest of her life, I’m happier to spend a little more money on something that’s good for her, even if it means having a few less shoes in the wardrobe.

Competition VivoBarefoot is a lovely company, with a fantastic client-centred ethos.  They are offering  a Diary of a First Child reader the opportunity to try a pair of Pally VivoBarefoot shoes worth £49. To be in with a chance to win, visit VivoBarefoot, select a colour (subject to availability) and size, then return here, leaving your preference in a comment. For ONE additional entry you can follow  VivoBarefoot (please leave a message on their wall saying I sent you!) AND/OR follow Diary of a First Child on Facebook. Competition closes at 23:59 on 20 June. The winner will be randomly selected using Random.org.

The winner is Maya Russel

Here’s some extra info on the VivoBarefoot range: VIVOBAREFOOT kids – Barefoot is Best from VIVOBAREFOOT on Vimeo.

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132 thoughts on “VivoBarefoot Children’s Shoes Review & Competition

  1. Maya Russell

    I won this fab competition and yesterday I received a pair of VivoBarefoot Pally shoes in black for my daughter. My daughter has tried them on and has said “they feel a bit strange” (because of the ‘barefoot’ technology) but they look really nice and I can tell they are of excellent quality.

    I’d like her to wear them to school in September – new school year, new shoes! I really like the idea of the puncture resistant soles because she’s gone through the soles of a couple of ordinary school shoes.

    AS they say barefoot is best – as nature intended. Thank you very much for these shoes!

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  2. Teresa Lee

    Rooty – Black, Size 11.5
    Product Code: VB200002LBLK ….Great comp thanks

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  3. Sarah Connolly

    Aquarius Navy, Size 8 please. x

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  4. Stuart Osborne

    Pink size 10 please

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  5. Sally W

    Black size 10 please

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  6. MIDI M

    PALLY PINK SIZE 28, please. We think these are great.

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  7. katrina.steward@ntlworld.com

    Pally black

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  8. Laura F

    Already a facebook fan

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  9. victoria b

    Any colour suitable for a boy in size 9.5 please

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  10. Laura F

    Blue Size 4.5 please

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  11. Jade H

    Alexander K in pink size 10 would be ace! x

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  12. Joanna Sawka

    Aquarius – Navy – Size 2

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  13. suewilly

    already a facebook fan :-)

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  14. suewilly

    Rooty pink uk size 8.5

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  15. Anne W

    Red Pally in size 7 please, thankyou ever so much x

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  16. Val Pownall

    I already subscribe to your great website. Thanks.

    Red Pally in size 7 please. Absolutely gorgeous all of them!!!!
    Great competition – many thanks.

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  17. Val Pownall

    Red Pally in size 7 please. Absolutely gorgeous all of them!!!!
    Great competition – many thanks.

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  18. liz martens

    i would like alexander k in navy, size 8

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  19. Sarah Parker

    Rooty – Pink Size childs 13

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  20. Stephanie Cummins

    Pally – Pink size 29

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  21. tina holmes

    Aquarius black size 11.5. these look fantasic shoes! Great review x

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  22. Caroline French

    Alexander K Kids Pink size 5.5…..gorgeous!Product Code: VB200003LLTPNK

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  23. Solange

    Pink please. Size 10

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  24. I went for Aquarius size 2. Nice shoes.

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  25. Petra Hora

    I would like to win Alexander K in pink size 4.5

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  26. Fiona Martin

    Aquarius in Black – size 8 please

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  27. foz

    Alexander K in Navy please in size 13.

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  28. Sean

    Alexander K
    Pinkk
    4.5 :):)

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  29. Kerrie

    following VivoBarefoot on fb

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  30. Kerrie

    rooty pink size 4. please :)

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  31. Becca Davies

    wow – what lovely shoes!
    The Black Pally’s in size 9.5 would make lovely first school shoes for my oldest!

    Will look up and like on FB

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  32. Jon Payne

    Liked on FB

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  33. Jon Payne

    Aquarius white size 11.5

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  34. Wendy Shippam

    My 5-year old would really benefit from a pair of Rooty Black in 11.5 for school please! xx

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  35. Lindsey W

    Liking on FB, Lindsey Wileman x

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  36. Lindsey W

    I’d love the Rooty in a size 11.5 and dark brown for my 5 year old son, charlie x

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  37. emma barron

    following on facebook for an extra entry. thanks x

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  38. emmabarron2002@yahoo.co.uk

    I love Rooty Pink in a 11.5 if i was lucky enough to win this lovely prize for my daughter.

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  39. Julie Henderson

    Pally pink – size 6

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  40. danny daniel

    alexander k,pink,7

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  41. dizzydora

    Aquarius size 5.5
    Dark Brown VB20000NDBR

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  42. dizzydora

    Aquarius
    Product Code: VB200004NDBR
    Special Price:
    £49.00
    Lace up trainer.
    Colour: Dark Brown S

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  43. Lisa Woodhead

    Have like on FB and mentioned that you sent me also!

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  44. Lisa Woodhead

    ROOTY black 9.5 uk please

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  45. karen

    rooty white 12.5

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  46. Andrew Cakebread

    Pally shoe in pink size 6
    Product Code: VB200001LLTPNK

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  47. danuta myszor

    following you on FB for 1 extra entry as Danusia Myszor

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  48. danuta myszor

    Product Code: VB200001LLTPNK
    colour: pink
    size: EU 32

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  49. Colette Mellor

    Pink Pally size 7 please

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  50. Rooty

    Product Code: VB200002LBLK

    £49.00

    VIVOBAREFOOT best-seller

    Colour: Black

    5.5 (22)
    Chas Gilbert’s last blog post ..If the cap fits

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  51. Jonathan Smith

    Alexander K in pink size 25 pleaase :)

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  52. phyllis ellett

    Would love the Alexander K Product Code: VB200003LLTPNK pink with size Kids UK 4.5

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  53. keely

    thay look so cute and comfy
    lovely lovely lovely

    Pally
    Product Code: VB200001LRED

    in size 10.5

    Practical Mary Jane.

    Colour: Red

    thankyou

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  54. Nicole

    I would choose Alexander K in Pink (Size 5) if I was the lucky winner.

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  55. Emma L Clarke

    I would love the Pally shoe in pink (UK kids’s size 7)
    Product Code: VB200001LLTPNK
    Ideakl for a wedding my family & I are going to soon!

    For a bonus entry, I am following VivoBarefoot on Facebook and have re-tweeted @emma1111111 and Emma L Clarke (FB)

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  56. janice taylor

    Alexander K in pink size 11 – they look really nice.

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  57. FionaLynne Edwards

    I love Rooty in Red size 1 for my daughter. Beautiful shoes.

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  58. wendy ellis

    lovely shoes! Alexander K Navy UK size 5 or 6 please!

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  59. Marta P

    aquarius navy size uk2 – Lovely Shoes

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  60. judy.wright87@ntlworld.com

    Rooty in a size 10 colour navy :)

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  61. Michele

    If I won I would love the same pair as the gorgeous little girl in the picture please – Pally pink size UK 7.

    Am following VivoBarefoot on Facebook and have re-tweeted @glitterbaby40.

    Beautiful shoes – good luck everyone xx

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    Luschka Reply:

    @Michele, aww… if bribery worked ;) that’s my little girl – glad you liked the piccie.

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  62. abigail edkins

    rooty pink please if I win…size 11 thank you xx

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  63. Luci

    what lovely shoes and not just pink for girls. My daughter would love a pair of Pally in Red and a size 1.

    Thanks

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  64. sanderson_ebbon@yahoo.co.uk

    Rooty
    Product Code: VB200002LRED
    Size 8

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  65. Lindsey Dudgeon

    Aquarius
    Product Code: VB200004NNAV

    My son would love these in size uk9.5 plz. I showed him all the styles and this was the one he said he really really really liked

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  66. vanessa snelgrove

    aquarius navy size uk2 please x
    beautiful shoes
    vee x

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  67. Jane Leigh

    Love the shoes! I would chose Pally in Black in size 2. They would be fab school shoes. As my daughter spends so many hours in them, it would be great to know her feet are being looked after!

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  68. Zoe

    Love the pink Pally ones, in size 6 please if I’m lucky enough to win

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  69. katherine grieve

    Pally
    Product Code: VB200001LRED red in a european 30 please

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  70. Dawn Costen

    Hi have also Liked VivoBarefoot and mentioned that you sent me on Facebook username Dawnie Cotlin

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  71. Dawn Costen

    I would love these in Pink Size UK 11.5/ EU 30

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  72. Holly

    Lovely!
    Red in a UK 6 / EU 23 please x

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  73. Megan Bayford

    hello, following you on FB for 1 extra entry

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  74. Megan Bayford

    I definitely would chose the love RED ones! :)

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  75. Kerry Robertson

    My fave are Aquarius (navy) in a size 9. think these sound fab! also following on Facebook

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  76. lorna anderson

    rooty size 7

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  77. Laura Pritchard

    Navy Alexander in 4.5 please :-)
    @Isis1981uk on Twitter

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  78. Louisa

    Pally : Red UK 8 please xxx

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  79. Alice

    Aquarius·White
    in a size 6 please.

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  80. Suzanne Magee

    I would love to win Aquarius Navy childrens uk size 1. I asked my little boy what he preferred, he said they look “too comfy like sponges for his feet”

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    Luschka Reply:

    @Suzanne Magee, lol. that made me smile!

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  81. Paula T

    Black ROOTY size 7
    Would Be Great

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  82. Tracy Nixon

    I was already a fan of VIvobarefoot on facebook but have shared the comp and tagged both of you in my status!!!

    PS I should have written ‘pink’ not ‘oink’ above lol!!!

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    Luschka Reply:

    @Tracy Nixon, LOL! I was wondering if that was some odd sign of appreciation I’d not yet encountered! :P

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    Tracy Nixon Reply:

    LOL I really don’t know how I did it!!! I suppose the o and p are next to each other!!! Oink Oink anyway – although don’t pigs shreak with excitement!

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    Luschka Reply:

    @Tracy Nixon, hehehe… indeed! And I appreciated your enthusiasm for the competition ;)

  83. kerry santillo

    Very nice, VIVOBAREFOOT ,Pally in pink, size 1. Thankyou.

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  84. Tracy Nixon

    Thanks for the fab comp!
    Alexandra K (oink) in size 39!!!!

    Shared on facebook Tracy Nixon MSE
    tweeted @TracyNixon

    Thanks so much xxx

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  85. calley bryson

    Aquarius in Navy size 7 lovely :) x

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  86. vicky haddock

    Hiya,
    would love Rooty white size 24, it I was to win

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  87. bichon@beardie.fslife.co.uk

    white 24, please

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  88. Christina Massue

    Pally pink in size kids uk 6 x

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  89. linda martin

    hi i love the Aquarius in brown

    Kids UK 8.5

    many thans these loo great

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  90. kushla p

    pally in 7 would be lovely. i’m @kushalcat on twit, and kush kushla on fb

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  91. paula.nixon143@googlemail.com

    Pally – pink – size 22 please :) Gorgeous lil shoes :)

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  92. Jenifer-Mary Pettitt

    I would like a pair of Alexander K shoes in pink size 6

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  93. heather gutowski

    Following Diary of a First child on facebook.

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  94. heather gutowski

    Wrote on Vivobarefoots facebook page.

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  95. heather gutowski

    Like the Rooty, size 8 in dark brown – would be just right please.

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  96. clare allen

    love the pally pink shoes in childs size 10

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  97. deborah davies

    Aquarius in navy UK size 1

    what fab looking shoes!!

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  98. kim

    Pallys in black these are ideal for school my 3yr old starts reception class in Sept these are ideal with the velcro fastenings

    Size 8.5

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  99. Martina

    I would love the Aquarius navy, in Kids UK 4.5.

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  100. christine.bray@hotmail.co.uk

    VIVOBAREFOOT Rooty· Red SMALLEST BABY SIZE PLEASE

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  101. Lisa Day

    Red Rooty in size 2 please :)

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  102. Maya Russell

    Love the Pally Pink shoes in Children’s UK size 2

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    Luschka Reply:

    @Maya Russell, Congratulations on winning the Vivobarefoot shoes!

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  103. kim mayhead

    We would like Pally in pink size 8 many thanks !

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  104. Claire Hughes

    Pally White are super cute, a size 27 if we win would be fab. Thank you. xxx

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  105. Wow, they look so cute. I’m a huge barefootshoe-fan, but I don’t have children so far… But one day, I’ll buy a pair of vivobarefoot children shoes, I’m sure :)
    I’m impressed by this shoes and wear them since a few months, there is nothing better than barefootshoes while it’s to cold to go outside barefoot ;)

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    Luschka Reply:

    @Michaela, i agree! thanks for entering! :)

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  106. kelly thompsett

    I’m loving the Pally pinks in a UK size 10. Gorgeous shoes x

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  107. Ruth Lines

    Navy – Size 24

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  108. deanleonparker@yahoo.co.uk

    pally pink size 28

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  109. carole

    pink size 34

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  110. claire woods

    black – size 34.

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  111. Marybeth P

    Yay! I’ve heard of these before but had not looked online& didn’t know they were actually so cute. I follow along on Facebook!

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  112. beverley kirwin

    following you on twitter and facebook, love the pink ones need the smallest size you do thanks for the comp x

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  113. Danka

    We would love Rooty white size 24.Thanks they are so nice xx

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  114. Ashleigh

    i would love the pink ones in size 27

    these shoes look fab, thanks for the great competition

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